Some of the players partaking in the Elden Ring closed network test last weekend managed to find a way to break out of the game’s demo area — only to be met by a very angry bear.
A limited number of players were recently invited to hop into From Software’s upcoming open-world Elden Ring as part of network tests that the studio is carrying out. While players were able to check out the game first hand, they weren’t granted access to its entire open world, but rather a demo area instead.
Not content with this little slice of paradise, some of those involved attempted to test the game’s boundaries in hopes of being able to explore a greater array of what Elden Ring has to offer. As reported by Kotaku, several players eventually found an exploit in the game that allowed them to successfully access areas of the game not yet intended for exploration.
Players’ experiences outside of the network test barrier appeared to vary from account to account. While the out-of-bounds region lacked items and reportedly included some areas where players would fall into an endless void, there were also some pretty nifty finds too.
Content creator AllisonByProxy posted a video to YouTube showing their character taking a pretty severe mauling from a ferocious oversized bear that didn’t seem too happy to be found in the region. A separate video posted to the same channel also appeared to reveal an undiscovered boss known as Crucible Knight Floh.
While From Software will likely want to keep a number of details about Elden Ring’s bosses and enemies close to its chest until closer to the game’s release, IGN recently got to take on one of the game’s bosses, Margit the Fell, during our time with the game. The character’s backstory and lore are still under wraps at the moment, though our preview does include details about the character’s move set and devastating lightning hammer.
For more on From Software’s upcoming release, make sure to check out our dedicated IGN page for Elden Ring where you can find a range of the latest news, clips, and previews for the game.
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